APRIL 2013 SW OREGON WOODLAND NEWS

Welcome to the April 2013 E-Newsletter of SW Oregon Woodland NewsProduced by OSU Extension Service, Jackson/Josephine Counties. Click on the titles below to be linked to articles and more information. 

Tree School Rogue registration deadline is April 17
Tree School Rogue is back at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass on Saturday, April 27.  This year’s program features a lineup of 27 classes on a variety of tree and forest-related topics.  In addition to perennial favorites, we are offering many new classes this year.  More information and a registration brochure is available here.  Note that registration closes April 17!  Professional continuing education credits are available for loggers, landscape contractors, certified arborists, and pesticide applicators.

Land Stewards program offered in Josephine County
Become a Land Steward during in this field-based program starting May 15 in Josephine County. Whether you own just a few acres or a few hundred, this educational opportunity will help you manage your natural resources more effectively.  “Should be almost a requirement for anyone buying or living on rural acreage” (past LS participant).  Flyer.

Meeting to discuss bundled firewood program for OSWA members only: April 18, 7 pm
Firewood at $500 a cord?  The board of the local Oregon Small Woodlands Assoc. chapter has been exploring opportunities for bundled firewood sales.  A members-only meeting is scheduled for April 18, 7 pm. FLYER

Integrated Landscape Assessment workshop
Hosted by the Siskiyou Chapter, Society of American Foresters, this stakeholder workshop focuses on future fuels treatment and landscape management scenarios.  Flyer

Log price trends
Update on local and regional log prices based on information provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry, and an historical comparison of prices and local harvest levels.  Also, in case you missed it, here is a PDF version of the Timber Sales 101 presentation from February. 

From the news
Editor’s note: These links are provided with the knowledge that a single newspaper or web story seldom provides the full context or all the details about a particular issue, let alone the “best science.”  My intent is to provide a snapshot of forest-related issues that are currently in the public eye and may be of interest to you, the reader.  I also provide links to analyses that I think are particularly insightful.  Articles are gleaned from various e-newsletters and other sources that cross my desk – and I only read a fraction of these!

Log shortage drives up prices (Natural Resources Report)
Markets are strong and log shortages are driving prices up.  Comparison to 2006 data shows striking differences…

Sweden’s Bioenergy Success Story (Renewable Energy World)
Forest residue is the leading bioenergy source in Sweden, and bioenergy is the nation’s leading energy source…

How LIDAR is revolutionizing maps, geospatial data (GCN)
It's faster than a speeding bullet. It can measure buildings in a single pulse. It can scan the ocean floor and peer through forest canopies to measure undergrowth. It's LIDAR – light detection and ranging…

Remembering Aldo Leopold, Visionary Conservationist And Writer (NPR)
Three generations of conservation scientists have been inspired by Leopold's A Sand County Almanac

Logging debris gives newly planted Douglas-fir forests a leg-up (PNW Research Station)
The downed limbs and other woody debris that are inevitable byproducts of timber harvest could be among the most important components of post-harvest landscapes, according to a new study led by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station…

Supreme Court sides with timber industry in logging road runoff dispute  (Oregon Live)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with timber interests in a dispute over the regulation of runoff from logging roads in western forests…

Related Stories: Supreme Court decision won't end battle over logging road pollution, activists vow
Timber industry celebrates Supreme Court decision on logging roads

Forest Plan Seen As Split Decision (Mail Tribune)
Jack Ward Thomas remembers precisely what was on his mind while waiting to make his presentation at the historic 1993 Northwest Forest Conference in Portland…

Plan’s Eventual Effectiveness Gets Mixed Reviews from Participants (Mail Tribune)
Twenty years later, participants contacted by the Mail Tribune uniformly said they were impressed by the Northwest Forest Conference, but their opinions differed widely on its outcome…

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